Peach Tart

This cookbook came into my life at the perfect time. And by the perfect time, I mean the first week of peach season. On the cover of Southern Living: Feel Good Food, staring right smack dab at me is a perfectly poised peach pie, just begging to be devoured. Flipping through the rest of the book is a delight as classic Southern dishes are given modern-day spins from the South’s most trusted Test Kitchen. Chapters in the book are based on emotions with recipes that are “Gracious”, “Indulgent”, and “Celebratory.” Feel Good Food celebrates and honors Southern memories, traditions and dishes.

You know the saying; “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Well, in this case, you can judge a book by its cover if its cover is a picture of a glorious peach pie from the South’s most trusted Test Kitchen.

Southern Living Feel Good Food

To enter to win a copy of Southern Living: Feel Good Food, just leave a comment below of your favorite feel good food between now and midnight, June 16th. The winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced right here and on Twitter on June 17th! I will contact the winner through email to get their mailing address to have this wonderful book shipped on over. Limit 1 comment per person, pretty please! Good luck, ya’ll!

Congrats to Jenny who won the Southern Living Feel Good Food Cookbook! I’ll be emailing you to get the details! Thank you for everyone who shared your favorite feel good foods! I loved reading over each comment!

Recipe: Southern Living: Feel Good Food

Serves 8

Note: To make a rustic tart, just follow the recipe for the dough and filling recipe as follows and create 2 tarts with the dough and divide the peach filling between the 2 tarts. After rolling out the dough, place the filling in the center and roll up the edges around the fruit. Seal the edges by pinching them together, brushing the egg wash on the edges, and continue with the rest of the recipe as follows.

1 1/3 cups of cold butter

4 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, divided

1½ teaspoons of salt

½ to ¾ cup ice water

8 large fresh, firm, ripe peaches (about 4 pounds)

½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar

½ cup of granulated sugar

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon of salt

1 ½ tablespoon of butter, cut into pieces

1 egg, slightly beaten

1 ½ tablespoon granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Cut 1 1/3 cups of butter into small cubes, and chill 15 minutes. Stir together 4 cups flour and 1 ½ teaspoon of salt. Cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas. Gradually stir in ½ cup ice water with a fork, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened and dough begins to form a ball and leaves sides of bowl, adding more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary. Turn dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap; press and shape dough into 2 flat disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap, and chill 30 minutes to 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place 1 dough disk on a lightly floured surface; sprinkle dough lightly with flour. Roll dough to about ¼-inch thickness. Starting at 1 edge of dough, wrap dough around a rolling pin. Place rolling pin over a 9-inch pie plate, and unroll dough over pie plate. Press dough into pie plate.

Roll remaining dough disk to about ½-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into 3 (1 ½ – inch wide) strips and 8 (¼ -inch wide) strips using a fluted pastry wheel.

Peel peaches, and cut into ½-inch thick slices; cut slices in half. Stir together brown sugar, next 3 ingredients, and remaining ¼ cup flour in a bowl; add peaches, stirring to coat. Immediately spoon peach mixture into piecrust in pie plate, and dot with 1 ½ tablespoon butter. (Do not make the mixture ahead or it will become too juicy.)

Carefully place dough strips over filling, making a lattice design. Crimp edges of pie. Brush lattice with beaten egg; sprinkle with 1½ tablespoons of granulated sugar.

Freeze pie for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a jellyroll pan in oven for 10 minutes. Place pie on hot jellyroll pan.

Bake at 425 degrees on lower oven rack 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees; bake 40 minutes. Cover loosely with foil to prevent excessive browning, and bake 25 more minutes or until juices are thick and bubbly (juices will bubble through top.) Transfer to a wire rack; cool 2 hours before serving.


That peach tart you made looks divine! My favorite feel good food is just a simple, roasted whole chicken. Simplicity and delicious. 🙂

Rustic tarts are so delicious… will love to try your peach filled one! 😀 One of my favorite comfort or feel good foods to prepare & enjoy is the Greek inspired Mousaka.

I love the rustic version you made–I think it looks prettier (or at least more welcoming) than the peach tart on the cover.

Oooo!! I love me some peaches!!! My favorite fruit during the summer! 🙂 The other day we actually made a blackberry and peach pie and it was surprisingly pretty good! 🙂 Ok, my favorite feel good food is gumbo! Most of my favorite memories involve gumbo! It makes me feel all warm inside, like I’m at home in Louisiana, and like I’m a little girl again! Also with grandma’s rolls and potato salad… You can’t go wrong! 🙂

You’re tart is very cute, and I’m sure delicious! My favorite comfort food my own bowl of cream cheese & green olive dip, along with celery sticks to dip into it! #itsasouthernthing 🙂

That tart looks amazing! I love homemade crust.. and I love peaches for that matter… For me, feel good foods are seasonal.. winter feel good foods need to be warm and delish.. summer on the other hand, would have to be burgers, grilled corn on the cob and homemade icecream with mountains of fresh berries on top.. wait, you said feel good MEAL right? Getting hungry just talking about this… #let’seat

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Five stars for your scrumptiously Southern tart! My comfort food list: creamed potatoes, fresh butterbeans, pear salad, sliced summer tomatoes.

Ohhh my goodness gracious!! My mouth is already watering!!! This Peach Tart looks AMAZING & I can’t wait to try it!
My favorite “comfort” food is a homemade fried southern dish including fried chicken, Mac n cheese, & fried okra!! (field peas & squash wouldnt hurt either) Its not so good for the body but amazing for the soul! #nomnom

Our Publix in Savannah just got some delicious Georgia peaches in stock! (No comparison to the ones that come from other places!) Amber, your picture and write up makes it sound so good, I am going to have to give it a try! Thank you for the post! Peach or cherry cobbler with that Blue Bell you talked about earlier makes the top of my comfort food list!

The peach tart looks wonderful! Can’t wait for the Decatur Farmer’s Market to start selling Reeves Orchard’s peaches at the end of this month so that I can try it!
My all time comfort food is mashed potatoes; maybe with a little garlic in them.

My favorite feel good foods are chocolate chip cookies with Blue Bell, Mac and Cheese, and a warm biscuit with honey butter and fried chicken.

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